Hey folks, just wanted to put out a quick post on something awesome I found. There’s a site called cliché finder which points out common clichés in your writing. Here’s an example:

Ken Starr, who is spearheading the campaign to get the President,
says he’ll leave no stone unturned in his intensive investigation
to discover the true facts behind the latest sworn affidavit.

Taking leave from his prestigious law firm job, Starr has left
gentle hints that so far we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg.
He paints a grim picture of the red-faced pillar of society
who has tried to sweep the facts under the rug.

Both sides have unleashed a storm of protest in the ongoing battle
for the reins of government. But defenders are few and far between
for the disgraced and dishonored President, who aides say is
nervous and distraught.

Now, here’s the clichés the site has found:

Ken Starr, who is spearheading the campaign to get the President, 
says he’ll leave no stone unturned in his intensive investigation 
to discover the true facts behind the latest sworn affidavit. 

Taking leave from his prestigious law firm job, Starr has left 
gentle hints that so far we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg. 
He paints a grim picture of the red-faced pillar of society 
who has tried to sweep the facts under the rug.

Both sides have unleashed a storm of protest in the ongoing battle 
for the reins of government. But defenders are few and far between 
for the disgraced and dishonored President, who aides say is 
nervous and distraught.

This seems like it would be a good thing to run your work through after a first draft to cut some fat. If you want to check it out click the link below. It might help make your writing more original.

http://cliche.theinfo.org/

If that one doesn’t seem right for you, here’s another site I found that I had more personal success with:

http://www.clichefinder.net/

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